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Do you pick out the "good pieces"?

I just caught myself doing it with a bag of store bought snack mix, but it could apply to almost anything. Things ranging from a lovingly made seafood dish that you're plating for your family, all the way down to the lowly bag of Chex Mix.
So, are you a pick and chooser?

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  1. No with the exception of Brazil nuts, which are plainly filler.

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    1. re: ferret

      Ha, my family does this all the time. We even have a name for it: high grading.

      And my parentals will high grade out the Brazil nuts for themselves as they covet them. As hippie chickinsing notes below, one person's filler is another's fill'er up!

      1. re: grayelf

        Love brazil nuts. When I occasionally buy a can of mixed nuts, I can hoard the cashews since DH doesn't particularly care for them. Otherwise, I don't think I do too much picking out my favorites....I think.

      2. re: ferret

        Please send me your brazil nuts- i love them!!!

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Brazil nuts are one of my favorites, too. I'll always remember what my grandfather called them.

          1. re: Tripeler

            my grandfather calls them elephant toenails it kind of grosses me out...

      3. Yes. I think we all do (to different degrees). When the foods are shared by many others, I do have a very small tendency what I like, but I also try not to over do it. When the foods are for myself alone (like snack mix), I actually do not because I know I will have to eventually eat my good and bad pieces. If anything, I used to eat out what I don't like first, so I can have what I love best at the end.

        1. Absolutely! I'm willing to share, but I still pick out my faves. The best thing is when you find someone else who's favorites are your least favorites. It's like finding a foodie-soul-mate.

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          1. re: hippiechickinsing

            Yes. My wife likes pizza crusts, whereas I don't really care about them either way. She gets all my pizza rinds, which she treasures. She's so easy.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Mrs. G. is the same way; I get her toppings/innards and she gets my crusts. Same with meats; give her a bone to gnaw on and I get the meat.

            2. re: hippiechickinsing

              I had a close friend who would trade one of her lobster claws for all my lobster legs. What a deal.

            3. Thanks for the replies. I am now feeling like less of a greedy turd!

              1. I always do this but, I go from least liked to best that way I feel I've been rewarded for eating the whole bag! .

                1. Guilty of it last night, and why not? I bought the steak, marinated it, cooked it, sliced it (while self noting the best pieces), and washed the dishes. But those pieces made every effort worthwhile and everybody enjoyed the dinner. Win win.

                  1. Not really but I do have no qualms about sampling the "choice" bits when I'm the cook.

                    However, at the dinner table, I do not tolerate my kids picking out parts of the salad they like best, the croutons, cheese, whatever. Serve yourself a portion and live with it.

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                    1. re: tcamp

                      "You get what you get, and you don't get upset!"

                    2. When it comes to meat, I get lucky. These days, most people won't eat the fatty pieces or end slices with all the seasoning. Those are the pieces I want.

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                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        You too ? Thought there was something wrong with me.

                        1. re: wellbaked

                          No, there's nothing wrong with you. I figure the fat is there for a purpose; why fight it, just eat and enjoy.

                        2. re: mucho gordo

                          Ha! Me too! Luckily, my husband hates the ends and edges so I always get the end cut of the rib roast and when we share a porterhouse, I get the edges and stuff with all the seasoning and fat!!!

                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                            I don't know about you but, sometimes I have a problem. The end pieces are usually more well done than I like but it's a small price to pay for the flavor sensation I get.

                        3. Only with homemade Chex Mix (funny you should use that as an example, OP). I go for the most buttery/Worcestershire-y pieces of Wheat Chex over the naked rice and corn bits.

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                          1. re: truman

                            The funny thing is, I generally do make my own chex mix and use your same system for picking it over. I grabbed a bag of the pre-made yesterday, and dumped it into a bowl, then put the crappy looking pieces back in the bag for my husband's lunch. Oh, the shame :(

                          2. Who isn't a "pick and chooser"? Farm animals, maybe.

                            1. Never!

                              (OK, now between you and me- there was actually cracklin on the butt when I made the pulled pork and I do know what happened to the skin from the turkey. Meet me in the kitchen before dinner next time and I'll give you a taste.)

                              1. Yes, for my bag of snack mix.

                                No, when food is plated family style. I take serving that's the closest to me and pass the dish on.

                                1. Not usually, but I'm starting to break myself of the habit. It's a tradition thing. In my extended family growing up, the men were always served first...at family get togethers at my paternal grandma's, the guys would eat in the den and the women in the kitchen. The gossip and coffee were better there, but nonetheless, we sat down to eat after the guys were served.

                                  My mom doted on my dad, but also on me (different culture...French Canadian Jewish instead of Italian/Cuban)...and her mom (who lived with us) was my guardian angel, so I think my habit of giving others the primo bits can be broken.

                                  1. If it's something like mixed nuts I do reverse picking - eat the peanuts first and save the best for last, usually cashews. We don't typically share one big bowl, but each load up a smaller one. When it comes to cracker-type mixes, though, I'll leave all the pretzels to Mrs. O, since I don't like them.

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                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                      I pick and choose with the mixed nuts as well, but I see it as a service to my husband, who loveslovesloves the peanuts. I do what I can (rationalize much, Cay?) to get all the Brazil nuts and cashews and almonds and filberts out of the way for him. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

                                    2. Crumb buns. Those gloriously large, sugary, crumbs! The best!

                                      1. Well, umm mabye. I just thought I was incredibly lucky to get the clear and green gummy bears. Now it is glaringly apparent that my getting the red and purple skittles first, the cheesiest Doritos, the watermelon jolly ranchers, wheat chex in the chex mix wasn't just good fortune.

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                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                          Watermelon and green apple JR's. why do they bother to even make the other flavors?

                                          1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                            So there us something left in the bag to hand to my bf and pretend nothing is amiss.

                                        2. I pick the well done French fries.

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                                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                                            My wife has dibs on all crispy bits. It's in her contract.

                                          2. I'm a picker more so with snacks than meals. I am notorious for picking the clear gummi bears out of every bag of Haribo gummi bears and will pick cashews out of a nut mix. I'm sure there are other things I pick at but I can't think of them now. I did have the lovely occasion to witness someone picking every morsel of crab out of the soup pot at Whole Foods lat night and while I might do that at home with my own soup, it was quite frustrating to leave no crab for the rest of us.

                                            1. I don't care for lima beans so I pick the corn out of the succotash.

                                              1. Kathleen Kelly: [to Joe] "What is that? What is that? What are you doing? You're taking all the caviar? That caviar is a *garnish*!"

                                                [Joe scoops up more caviar and dumps it on his plate]

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                                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                  As the chef, I try to make others' portions look appealing and equally sized (unless someone asks for less or more), but I also hand pick the items for myself. My plate may not wind up the prettiest, but it contains the items I want most. Any grubby end bits of proteins that are less than presentable at table might be tasty nibbles for the chef as well.

                                                  When it comes to mixed nuts or any mixed snack, I've been accused of fishing out choice items for myself. I try not to do it conspicuously, but it's tough when some things are just preferable to me. I make a big mixed ziploc bag of assorted nuts (roasted and unsalted), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (usually raw and unsalted), plus 4 types of raisins. Sometimes I add lightly salted roasted peanuts, just to give a hint of salt to the mix. I don't love the raw seeds, so I often pick around for just nuts and raisins. After a while, there is a huge quantity of seeds, but markedly fewer nuts and raisins. At that point, I have to top up the missing items so my husband doesn't start pointing fingers my way.

                                                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                    chef gets off the top.

                                                    i always pick.. lucky though my sister usally likes the ones I dont..I like the double dipped peanuts in the bridge mix.. she likes the almonds.. I like the green gummy bears she likes the red... it all works out well

                                                  2. re: GraydonCarter

                                                    I LOVE that movie! Always cry at the end.

                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                      What movie is it? It sounds familiar but I can't place it.

                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                          An enjoyable remake of "The Shop Around the Corner". I liked the original almost as much.

                                                    2. Only when there are no witnesses around, but then again i live alone..... Which can be frustrating when i have the last bowl of raisin bran but someone ***ahem**** ate all the sugary raisins out already. Ooops.
                                                      I pick out the most roasty chewy pcs of roasted veggies first, i pick the whole almonds out of my granola first (before i eat the rest of the bowl, kinda like an appetizer), and when eating out i always eat the tomatoes from my meal first since they're my favorite.

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                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                        There are only 2 of us but we have our favorite snacks that the other doesn't eat and this happens to me all the time. I accumulate bags of things with the leftover that I don't like and I think to myself what jerk ate all the good stuff...oh wait that was me.

                                                      2. I find myself Picking out and eating the "well roasted" peanuts first, and half popped kernels of micro. pop corn. Will eat most anything though. Try everything.

                                                        1. I am always on the lookout for an overcooked potato chip when we pop open a bag. The dark brown potato chip is tasty bite.

                                                          1. Yes, I am my entire household.. so I get the best parts, and if I don't want the rest, then I don't bother with it. However, if I had children or a husband, then I wouldn't take the best/good things.

                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                Don't get the appeal. I leave mine and eat the cakey bottom.

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                  Ipsedixit, by any chance, have you had the Coblestone muffin at Panera? I never order muffins or go to Panera, but that muffin top looks too good to be true.

                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                    No I have not.

                                                                    But I do know that Panera has "Muffies" or muffin tops that were borne bottomless.

                                                                    Those to me, however, are never as good as tops ripped from a complete muffin.

                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                      Yes, muffies sound like cheating. Whereas you get to enjoy the process--the decapitation of the muffin!

                                                                      1. re: GraceW


                                                                        The muffin hijacking is part of the appeal of eating a muffin top.

                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                    I prefer the top as well for the crusty goodness. The base just reminds me of cake.

                                                                  3. Out of that box of chocolates. I will always pick the caramel ones.

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                                                                    1. re: emglow101

                                                                      If it is Whitmans, it is the molasses chew and then the caramels